Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense
began his second season with a first-rate performance, pulling away
in the stretch and winning the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on Sunday
at Saratoga Race Course.
In his first race since finishing second in the Preakness Stakes
more than two months ago, Street Sense had more than enough in
reserve to overtake C P West in the stretch for a 1½-length
With jockey Calvin Borel placing Street Sense in their usual
rail-hugging position behind the leaders, the 3-year-old colt swung
wide around the far turn. The son of Street Cry then pulled even
with C P West and moved off in the final strides to the cheers of
Street Sense became the first Derby winner to come back in his
3-year-old season and run at Saratoga since Thunder Gulch in 1995.
Street Sense covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.88 in his first
race in 71 days, and earned $300,000 to boost his bankroll to $3.4
million for owner James Tafel.
C P West held on for second, with Sightseeing finishing third in
the six-horse field.
Borel blew kisses to the crowd as he crossed the finish line,
and then was cheered again when he brought Street Sense to the
"The horse has been phenomenal for us," trainer Carl Nafzger
said. "He's been great. You don't get horses like this very
Cowtown Cat was fourth, followed by Flashstorm and Tiz
Wonderful, the previously unbeaten colt who was making his first
start of the year following a tendon injury.
Next up for Street Sense in his summer-fall campaign will be the
$1 million Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 25 - a chance to win the
"Mid-Summer Derby" in what could be a rematch against Preakness
The ultimate goal this year is the $5 million Breeders' Cup
Classic at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.
It wasn't until Friday that Nafzger confirmed Street Sense would
run in the Jim Dandy, stating simply that "it's time to run."
And he did enough running to give every indication he's just as
good as he was following a grueling Triple Crown campaign.
Street Sense ended his 2-year-old championship season by winning
the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and then became the first horse to come
back and take the Derby, beating Hard Spun by 2 1/4 lengths with a
thrilling ride along the rail from Borel.
Two weeks later, Street Sense's chance for a Triple Crown bid
ended in the final strides of the Preakness, when Curlin kept his
head in front for the victory.
After the disappointing loss, Nafzger and owner James Tafel
decided to skip the Belmont Stakes and give Street Sense some time
It paid off with the colt's fifth victory in 10 starts, along
with three seconds and two third-place finishes.
FINISH LINES: Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches remained
"50-50" to run in the Alabama Stakes for fillies on Aug. 18,
trainer Todd Pletcher said. The first filly in 102 years to win the
Belmont was awaiting medical clearance from Dr. Paul Thorpe, the
attending vet for owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. "It
can't be anything serious; otherwise, we would have already seen
it," Pletcher said. Rags to Riches missed her last two workouts,
and underwent extensive tests a few days ago at the University of
Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. "Essentially, she has not lost
any conditioning. Obviously, this is not the ideal way to get
there, but there is still a chance," the trainer added. ...
Whitney winner Lawyer Ron is now 3-for-5 this year, with his next
start likely to be the Woodward Stakes on Sept. 1.